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How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

smile health dentist teethDental implants are currently the most effective replacement for natural teeth due to their strength, durability, and beauty. A dental implant is indeed a “new tooth” with a small screw that attachesto the jaw bone and a crown fixed at the top.

Let’s examine the issue of durability and longevity in dental implants, as they are important considerations.

Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate. The rejection rate is very minimal as is the risk of getting infection after getting a new dental implant.

The screw is made out of titanium which — after insertion into the jaw — facilitates bone growth. With this structure, your new tooth will be similar in function and appearance to a natural tooth.

With proper care, dental implants can last you a lifetime. They are immune to tooth decay but they are not immune to gum disease. You should brush and floss to ensure that the implants remain healthy. Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are important to avoid complications.

The dental crown is fixed to the implant, just as with a real natural tooth. Even though the crown is durable, it will not last forever. Crowns require replacement every 15 years, on average, although they may last longer with proper care.

Factors That Can Damage Implants

Gum disease may adversely affect the implant since it damages gum and bone support which can loosen the implant. Maintain good oral hygiene to prevent onset of gum disease.

Avoid chewing on dry ice and other hard objects that may destroy your implant (and your natural teeth). Don’t open packets or bottles using teeth or chew on pens and pencils. The objects will damage the crown and cause problems for the implant.

Dental implants will last the longest time possible with proper oral healthcare, regular dental visits, and by avoiding smoking.

 

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath gained accre...

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Last updated: February 19th, 2019

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